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Setting the Mood with Music and Food

By Jim Brickman, November 19, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jim Brickman
Jim Brickman (“America’s romantic piano sensation” and Grammy Nominee) is a dedicated Whole Foods Market customer and shares his thoughts on setting the mood with music and food during the holiday season. Visit Jim’s website for free music downloads, and more – and while you’re there -- enter to win a $100.00 Whole Foods Market Gift Card. One card will be awarded weekly from November 3rd through January 4th. Here’s a bit from Jim about how he spends his holiday season. I’ve spent every holiday season for the past 15 years crisscrossing the country on my holiday tour, which always begins the day after Thanksgiving. A few years ago, the holiday tour was beginning on the West Coast, so I invited everyone to my home in Los Angeles. Before spending five weeks living out of a suitcase and sleeping on a tour bus, I wanted to celebrate with my Mom and Dad, my brother, sister-in-law and nephew. We all live in different states, so being together as a family is really what it’s all about. It had been quite a while since we were all together for Thanksgiving and I was looking forward to a great meal, lots of laughs, catching up on the past year, reminiscing, and looking ahead. I awoke Thanksgiving morning to the tantalizing aroma of turkey roasting in the oven – which always starts the day on the right note. We all had our tasks, from cooking to setting the table to washing the dishes. Mine was setting the mood. For me, it’s not the flowers, the candles or the beautiful china that enhances the meal. It’s the music.  By popular request (my Mom’s), a collection of Jim Brickman CDs went into the player and kept everyone relaxed and mellow. My dad, who is an amazing cook, is happiest in the kitchen. He puts so much love into the food preparation that when we sit down at the table, it’s so much more than a dinner. Somehow, he makes the most traditional meal seem like a gourmet feast. And, he’s happy to describe how each dish is made.  Roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh green beans, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, and stuffing with sausage and sage.  (It’s not actually stuffed IN the turkey.  He says it dries out the bread).  Dessert is…pies from Whole Foods Market, of course. Then, first thing the next morning, I hit the road, leaving behind the leftovers for my dad to recreate into another fantastic meal for the family. I am now celebrating the 15th anniversary of my holiday tour. With the Christmas Celebration CD, and the fall release of HOME, I am really taking this year to reflect on the wonderful people in my life. I raise a toast to the people I grew up with, my friends and family, and the fantastic musical guests who tour with me. How do you set the mood with music and food during the holidays?
Category: Holidays 2010




Claire M says ...
can;t think of a better combination: Jim Brickman and Whole Foods.....two of my FAVORITE things :)
11/22/2010 5:36:14 PM CST
Mickie says ...
Thank you for releasing the Christmas Celebration CD! I've been dying to get my hands on the songs Jeff Timmons sang on your holiday tour in 2003 and 2004! Your music and lyrics are so touching. Thank you for sharing your light with the world!
11/22/2010 5:44:50 PM CST
Christopher Sorel says ...
Make homemade cookies for all and best gift is some. I have a bunch of old albums that I have transferred to MP3 of christmas songs that i play. could use some new ones.
12/07/2010 2:15:59 PM CST
Liz Jorgensen says ...
I decorate the house, play the holiday music, bake holiday cookies, drink eggnog, buy fun wrapping paper, ring Red Kettle holiday bell,dress in red and green, and donate to my favorite charity!
12/07/2010 2:28:55 PM CST
Ree says ...
Thanks for the Jim Brickman music!
12/07/2010 2:41:12 PM CST
Simi says ...
I would love to get a copy of this cd of his to play at my holiday parties! it would be a amazing touch! Fabulous food and great singing! Hope to win! Happy holidays everyone! =) <3 xoxo Simi
12/07/2010 2:41:58 PM CST
Rebecca rushing says ...
Love Brickman, love Whole Foods!
12/07/2010 6:01:55 PM CST
Belinda Gross says ...
I like to set the mood with with Josh Groban,Jim Brickman and other music. I love all food that has to do with the holidays. We make up the gingerbread dough and then we make gingerbread houses, people and cookies.
12/08/2010 12:31:39 PM CST
amy dendy says ...
I try to match my music choices with holiday food styles and guestlist. I would love to try this cd.
12/14/2010 3:06:41 PM CST